I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1997 after 6 years of undergraduate and postgraduate training in clinical psychology. I spent five years working in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) service post qualification. This involved both inpatient and outpatient settings and I also worked part time as an expert witness in Child and Family Courts.
I left the NHS in 2002 and, after a career break, resumed my role as an expert witness, spending seven years working in the courts, volunteering for the Interchange project in Sheffield providing therapy to 13-25 year olds and working as a locum in the NHS.
I returned to the NHS in a substantive post in 2013 until leaving at the end of 2022; during this time I took on many roles, including supervisor, line manager, Clinical Outcomes Lead, DBT lead and Clinical Team Leader as well as being an honorary teacher at Sheffield University on their doctorate training course in clinical psychology. I now have a private practice in Sheffield and on line working with children, adults and families, as well as developing interests in the therapeutic effects of green spaces. I have worked for the charity Mind Over Mountains as a wellbeing co-lead and have also provided therapeutic support to the organization Six Feet From the Spotlight, providing mental health support to those working in the entertainment industry.
Qualifications and professional registration
Bachelor of science special honours degree in psychology with clinical psychology (B.Sc Hons, University of Hull, 1994)
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy, University of Hull, 1997)
Chartered clinical psychologist (C.Psychol, British Psychological Society, [BPS], 1998)
Associate Fellow of the BPS (AfBPS, 2006 - present)
Recognised by Cardiff University Law school as an Expert Witness (2011)
Honorary teacher at Sheffield University (2017-2020)
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Children and Young People (Dip CBT/CYP; University College London, 2014)
Post Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership (PG Cert Leadership; University of Northumbria, 2019)
Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (BABCP, 2020 - present)
Recognized as a practioner psychologist with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC - 2015-present).
Completed Intensive DBT training with British Isles DBT and certified as a DBT therapist in June, 2022.
Issues that people commonly bring to therapy
Anxiety difficulties can take many forms. Generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety or specific phobias can all intrude on our lives and get in the way of our hopes and dreams. We can all suffer anxiety states that emerge as the consequence of repeated , unresolved traumas or specific events, such as relationship break ups or bereavements that mean we may need some help to make sense of these events and put ourselves back on track.
Low mood, once described as 'the common cold of psychiatry' can affect as many as one in four of us at any one time. Low mood and depression, like anxiety, do have effective psychological treatments - longer term, more complex low mood may require longer term work to help you lift the black clouds of low mood.
Relationships can be the source of great strength, love, comfort and enjoyment. But they are also complex, confusing, upsetting and heartbreaking at times - and those are the good ones! It can be all too easy to go round in circles in our heads about a relationship that is causing us distress (including our relationship with ourselves) and talking to a qualified external person can really help orient us back to a healthier relationship.
Adjustments to COVID-19
Our lives have been turned upside down by the global pandemic and its effects will only really be known months and possibly years down the line. Finances, relationships, jobs, friendships, plans - it is hard to think of a single area that has not been affected by the current global situation. Finding our own unique way through the morass of professional guidance, social media hyperbole and other conflicting variables may be something that you feel you may need a helping hand with.
please bear in mind - this list is not exhaustive!
Sometimes the work of therapy is to help someone work out...why they have come for therapy! Just as people don't fit into nice neat boxes, so our problems and difficulties are often quite elusive as well. That's as it should be - what drives people to therapy can simply be a sense that something is not right; there may be an awareness that a particular pattern in their life is repeating and they're not sure why - or someone might have had the experience of feeling as if their live is not as they had wanted it to be. All of these reasons are absolutely fine to seek help with - therapeutic sessions may be just what you need to start to untangle complicated issues in your life.